Made exclusively in the United States and based in Manteno, Illinois, Plochman’s has been making mustard for over 150 years. The Department of Commerce and local workforce and education partners had the opportunity to visit Plochman’s last week. Plochman’s works with our Kankakee Workforce Services offices to support their workforce needs. The group also had the opportunity to speak with WIOA program participant, Vasha Woods, who is receiving paid work experience through a work-based learning internship. Vasha was displaced from her prior employment and shared with the group her positive experience with the program. “The program provided me with the opportunity to continue my education at Kankakee Community College and obtain work experience in a new industry,” said Woods. In her internship role, Vasha has helped Plochman’s with creating and writing Standard Operating Procedures and is currently gaining experience in their accounting department. “The Kankakee Workforce Services office has provided us with applicants through different workforce programs”, shared Martin Faye, Plochman’s Plant Manager. Employers can benefit from workforce programs to help with recruiting for open positions but more importantly to help reduce staff costs and establish a talent pipeline. In return, the employer mentors, trains, and supports the employee with the end result of employee retention. “The local workforce services office makes the process easy,” said Faye. Visit illinoisworknet.com/servicefinder to find your nearest workNet Center.